Today is Rex Jim Lawson day…..nothing on ground to commemorate him in Rivers state or Nigeria in general….so sad….his music put nigeria on the global map for good…Most Nigerians who are musically inclined have an 8-track, an LP, a tape or a CD of the great Rex Jim Lawson. In fact, I would be so bold to say that one’s collection of music is not complete without his songs. How can it be complete? Who is that Nigerian who does not like his songs most of which have been remixed by other musicians? His appeal went far and wide, paralleling if not surpassing those of Fela, Victor Uwaifo, King Sunny Ade, Sunny Okunsun, Shina Peters, Oriental Brothers and many other musicians or musical groups who have or continue to grace the Nigerian musical stage.
Some even allude to the fact that his tunes infiltrated the gospel music space yet without acknowledgment. He carried a message that cannot be ruled out. Even to those who were born after his death, the great one still lives and is near and dear to their hearts as his music seemingly transcends time and generation.